Mattis describes North Korea Regime as 'Threat to the Entire World'

29 January, 2018, 11:00 | Author: Shannon Newton
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"South Korea, for the first time in recent times, suggests the North's crisis should be resolved diplomatically". "An attack on [South Korea] will be severely rebuffed if it's attempted".

The Seoul official said that the amount will not surpass the United Nations limit and there will be no problem if Seoul reports to the United Nations later that it sent refined oil for the cultural event.

But Mattis pointed out that South Korean officials have promised to limit the talks to Olympics-related topics.

The official said that South Korea needs to solve the electricity issue, but tough sanctions imposed by the United Nations and the United States are making it hard for Seoul to send refined oil to the North.

In an incident that highlighted public concern about the North Korean threat, Hawaii officials earlier this month inadvertently sent an emergency message warning of an incoming ballistic missile, creating panic among some residents.

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The Pentagon rejected that idea, although it didn't give a new start date for the exercises.

If such plans are finalized, it would mark the first direct South Korean flight to the North since former first lady Lee Hee-ho made a rare goodwill visit to Pyongyang in 2015, the official said.

North Korea has been under a raft of harsh United Nations sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear tests as well as multiple rocket and missile launches.

The amount of oil needed for the cultural event would amount to roughly 10 thousand liters or 63 barrels of oil. "The global pressure campaign [against North Korea] must continue", Mattis declared, adding that "our aim remains a complete and verifiable and irreversible de-nuclearization (CVID) of the Korean Peninsula". "There's no suspension contemplated". Moreover, they emphasized that any efforts to drive a wedge in the U.S. -ROK alliance would fail.

"If the allies resume their exercises, North Korea will likely protest strongly against them".

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During a Q&A session at a security forum in Singapore, Song said it is an "anachronistic view" that North Korea would use its nuclear weapon for the reunification of the two Koreas because it would bring total destruction of the Kim Jong-un regime.

"It is a realistic guess that a vicious circle of repeated provocations and sanctions could come back soon", he said.

The United States announced new sanctions on Wednesday aimed at stopping North Korea's nuclear weapons development and urged China and Russian Federation to expel North Koreans raising funds for the programs.

The UN Security Council banned North Korean exports of coal on August 5 under sanctions meant to cut off an importance source of foreign currency to fund its nuclear weapon and missile programme. It test-fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles and conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test past year.

Regarding the possibility that South Korea could arm itself with nuclear weapons, the minister said the government will stick to the principle of denuclearization made in 1992 when the two Koreas pledged to abandon all nuclear weapons deployed on the Korean Peninsula, including USA tactical nukes.

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Some 28,500 US servicemembers are based in South Korea, which remains technically at war with the North after their 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

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